The power of gratitude cannot be overstated. Aside from its virtuous character, there’s no shortage of scientific evidence that grateful people are happier, more resilient to stress, experience greater empathy, improved sleep and enhanced self-esteem.


What’s not to like?


Of course, it’s a lot tougher to find something to be grateful for when you’re lonely, frustrated, depressed or just plain angry at how life can occasionally be downright unfair.


The following are a few short quotes on gratitude. I hope they inspire you:


But it is precisely during our most challenging times that we are given the opportunity to discover who we really are. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~Albert Schweitzer


Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times; they can only make you stronger. ~Author Unknown


Hard times are often blessings in disguise. This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a rough day, a bad month or a crappy year. Truth be told, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your spirit needs the most. So take all the crazy experiences and lessons and place them in a box labeled ‘thank you.’ ~Author Unknown


If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse. ~Anthon St. Maarten


Real transformative gratitude doesn’t allow us to pick and choose what’s good and bad and right and wrong. It is about being able to say thank you for everything that comes our way. ~Denise Simone


Pastor Randy Tucker